Knife sheath

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Description A leather knife sheath, possibly of Cheyenne or Dakota origin, circa the latter half of the 19th century. The leather may be deerskin folded around or encasing a piece of scrap rawhide or reused parfleche. Glass seed bead decorations are applied on the obverse surface. The lower two-thirds of the beaded design feature a sky blue ground with two chevrons. The upper one-third is comprised of four squares (two red and two sky blue) separated by a wider horizontal green band and single bead vertical lines of yellow and navy. The reverse side of the sheath is undecorated; the leather sheath body exterior layer appears to be composed of scraps pieced together. There is also evicence of red pigment on the leather. The leather thong loop may be a later addition. Tassels hang from the top edge and the base of point of the sheath. They consist of quill-wrapped (dyed and ranging in color from faded pink to fuschia to purple) leather thongs finished at the ends with metal cones and undyed horsehair (estimated) inserts.
Quantity 1 item
Format Content Category: artifacts
Measurements 10 1/4 inches height
2 7/8 inches width
10 1/2 inches length (tassel)
Nomenclature Sheath (case)
Creation Made by (possibly) Cheyenne Indians
Made by (possibly) Dakota Indians
Subjects Made by (possibly) Cheyenne Indians
Made by (possibly) Dakota Indians
Indian. Armaments. Accessories
Dates Creation: Not earlier than 1850 - Not later than 1900

Holding Type 3D Objects
Identifiers 6003.4.1

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